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Title: Philosophical problems with the concepts of death and brain death : a different perspective
Author: Russell, T.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1998
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The criteria and tests for death have changed throughout the history of medicine; these criteria and tests are underpinned by a variety of concepts of death. Recent advances in medicine and especially in the areas of resuscitation, mechanical ventilation and cardiac pacemakers have posed great philosophical and practical problems with the traditional concepts of death and their associated criteria and tests. The concept of brain death has been formulated in an attempt to deal with the practical decisions that have to be made in deciding whether a person is dead or alive. The original concept of brain death has been subdivided into whole-brain death, brainstem death and neocortical death in different geographical areas and by a variety of people. In addition, there are groups of people who do not adhere to any formulation of brain death. In this thesis I put forward reasons for rejecting all the present formulations of brain death. I also put forward a concept of death derived from philosophical argument. This proposed concept of death views death as death of the organism as a whole and, while I argue mainly in terms of human beings, the concept that I propose could be applied equally to other animals. I also present arguments to demonstrate that the proposed concept of death can encompass the traditional criteria and tests for death and does not entail any significant operational changes in the way in which death is diagnosed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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